07. February 2012 · Comments Off on The Always Clever OK Go · Categories: Clever, Videos

Info from the YouTube video:

The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck. For more information and behind-the-scenes footage, see http://www.LetsDoThis.com and http://www.okgo.net. Many thanks to Chevy for believing in and supporting such an insane and ambitious project, and to Gretsch for providing the guitars and amps.

Director: Brian L. Perkins & Damian Kulash, Jr.
Director of Photography: Yon Thomas
Editor: Doug Walker
Producer: Luke Ricci

07. February 2012 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Had to deliver some left behind homework to the boy at school this morning, and on the way out, walked past the grade school orchestra perfecting the slow part of “stairway to Heaven,” complete with oboe. Should be a fun concert this year…

07. February 2012 · Comments Off on What do YOU say before you open your reed case? · Categories: Quotes

Me? I quote Alfredo from La traviata:

Io tremo! Oh ciel! Coraggio!

I’m delighted to see and hear the rain. Now I’m going to brave a walk in it (it’s not exactly pouring, after all).

I’ll leave you with this:

Händel-Water Music-Suite Nº1 in Fa Majeur HWV 348-Concerto Köln – Nantes 2006

07. February 2012 · Comments Off on Classical @ The Superbowl · Categories: ComMusiCials™, Read Online

Bach, Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi and Philip Glass were among the composers to appear in the commercial lineup during Super Bowl XLVI.

The Sunday night event represented advertising’s biggest stage, with an estimated U.S. television viewership of 110 million people. Advertisers spent an average of $3.5 million for 30-second commercials.

RTWT & see some commercials).

07. February 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

Maybe it’s the multiple chins when I play or the vein in my forehead that made the editor decide the oboe wasn’t “camera ready.”

07. February 2012 · Comments Off on Winds Of France — Music @ Menlo · Categories: Concert Announcements

Winds of France

February 12, 2012

4:00 p.m., The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton
Tickets: $50/$45 adult; $25/$20 student

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, France became the compositional epicenter of chamber music written for wind instruments. The timbrally colorful combination of the instruments proved irresistible for many of France’s most compelling musical voices. Join these virtuosic wind players from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as they explore this ravishing, and rarely heard, repertoire.

Maurice Emmanuel (1862–1938)
Sonata for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano, op. 11 (1907)

Yan Maresz (b. 1966)
Circumambulation for Flute (1993, rev. 1996)

Jean Françaix (1912–1997)
Wind Quintet (1948)

Jacques Ibert (1890–1962)
Trois pièces brèves for Wind Quintet (1930)

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn (1932–1939)

Artists Alessio Bax, piano; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; William Purvis, horn

Here is the link that takes you to the site and the place to order tickets.

Winds of France from Music@Menlo on Vimeo.